With 5% of the population being dyslexic and most not being diagnosed, we are fortunate when someone breaks the silence and talks about it.  The video below is a Ted talk and one of the best I have see.  What am amazing girl.
 
There have been a lot people people talking about autism and aspergers recently - and some have asked about the link between the autism/aspergers and dyslexia.  As far as I can tell from research, there is no link, but there are a number of people that have both, just as though there are people who are overweight and have blue eyes.

For people looking for a forum on the subject, try wrongplanet.com which is a forum for people with autism and aspergers.  Check out http://www.wrongplanet.net/postt223887.html. 

There are a lot of famous people with aspergers including Dan Akroyd, Al Gore and Bill Gates.
 
A lot of people feel bad about themselves, but depression is more common in people with dyslexia.  There are likely a number of reasons for it, but the main reason likely is because they see the world differently.  It would be like being the only left handed person in the world.  As a lefty, many simple things would be tough, like using a can opener, but many things would be much easier, like playing first base.  Anyway, focus on what is right rather than what is wrong.  

Just a reminder of all the great people that are a were dyslexic - in the video below.  Henry Ford, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison just to name a few.  
 
According to the blog Additude, there is a new documentary that shows how kids with learning differences, if given the right resources, can be very successful.

"I Can’t Do This But I Can Do That introduces us to five children who are mislabeled as slow or lazy. These resilient children and their families, who speak plainly and evocatively about their learning differences, get the right help, tap into their strengths, and leave their challenges behind. "
 
Dyslexia is something that usually impacts reading, writing and spelling.  But what about Math?  There is something called Dyscalculia which does impact ones ability to do math.  According to wikipedia, there are a number of symptoms, but some of the key ones are:
  • Frequent difficulties with arithmetic
  • Difficulty with everyday tasks like reading analog clocks
  • Inability to comprehend financial planning or budgeting, sometimes even at a basic level; for example, estimating the cost of the items in a shopping basket or balancing a checkbook
  • Difficulty with multiplication-tables, and subtraction-tables, addition tables, division tables, mental arithmetic, etc.
  • Difficulty with conceptualizing time and judging the passing of time. May be chronically late or early
  • Problems with differentiating between left and right
You can see a more detailed list at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyscalculia.



 
A lot of people wonder what is like to have dyslexia .  The problem is, it's different for everyone.  It usually impacts reading, writing and spelling - but it's not that simple.  Below is interesting video that illustrates, pretty well, what it may feel like to have dyslexia.  You can see that things move around a lot - a tough thing when you trying to focus.
 
The awareness of dyslexia is so low - that the best thing we can do as a community is help others recognize it.  The HBO movie, below, is really the first film about it and hopefully will do for the dyslexia what Al Gore did for the environment in his film.   
 
More news about Steven Spielberg being dyslexic.  He continue to struggles with reading and writing, but have you seen Lincoln?  It's hard to believe that reading and writing don't come easily for one of the most creative artists in the world.  According to ADDConnect (http://connect.additudemag.com/groups/topic/5784/)
According to the Academy Award winning director Steven Spielberg recently admitted to having dyslexia -- the first time he has publicly talked about it. "It was the last puzzle part in a tremendous mystery that I've kept to myself all these years," says the director in an interview on friendsofquinn.com. Diagnosed five years ago, Spielberg learned to read two years later than his classmates, who bullied him so much that he dreaded going to school.
 
Watch out lefties.  According to an new study, left handed people are more likely have ADD, Dyslexia or other Learning Disorders.  This is not well understood in terms of why - but something interesting non the less.

According to a Wall Street Journal article "Other recent research suggests that mixed-handedness—using different hands for daily tasks and not having a dominant one—may be even more strongly linked than left-handedness to ADHD and possibly other conditions.  About 10% of people are left-handed, according to expert estimates. Another 1% of the population is mixed-handed. What causes people not to favor their right hand is only partly due to genetics—even identical twins, who have 100% of the same genes, don't always share handedness. "

Below is a video of some famous  lefties - and of course, not all lefties have ADD, Dyslexia or something similar.  It's something interesting to think about. 



 
HBO has put out a new movie in Dyslexia, and it's about time.  Dyslexia is so poorly understand by most of the world.  "Isn't that when you reverse letters?" they usually ask.  That could be part of it, but obviously there is more to it.   The movie is titled Journey into Dyslexia.  

You can read more about the movie by going to http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/journey-into-dyslexia/index.html
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